Kruger van Wyk played only nine Tests for New Zealand © AFP
Kruger van Wyk played only nine Tests for New Zealand © AFP

Former New Zealand wicket keeper Kruger van Wyk, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Van Wyk has played only nine Tests for New Zealand, which was also his adopted home. Van Wyk was born in South Africa, so it is apt that he returns of his home country and teach young and emerging cricketers who to play the game. Van Wyk will take up the role of Director of Cricket at the University of Pretoria’s TuksCricket Academy. Van Wyk, 35, said “While it always a tough decision, I feel the time is right to take on an opportunity outside of playing the game, working as Director of Cricket at Pretoria’s TuksCricket Academy.”  Live Cricket Scorecard, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 1st Test at Dunedin

“I’m extremely privileged to have lived my dream as a professional cricketer for the past 17 years and I would like to thank my family and friends for all their love and support during this chapter. My proudest moment was representing New Zealand at Test level, and I’m eternally grateful and indebted to New Zealand for the opportunity it has provided me and my family,” added Van Wyk.

Van Wyk did play first-class cricket in South Africa from 2000-01 before moving base to New Zealand in 2006. Van Wyk did earn a national team call up in 2012, making his debut against his home country South Africa. Van Wyk in the nine Tests he has played made 341 runs at an average of 21.31, including one half-century against India in 2012 at Bengaluru. ALSO READ: New Zealand finish at strong 409/8 at stumps despite Sri Lanka’s solid performance in final hour

Van Wyk played for Northerns and Titans in South African domestic circuit , and Canterbury and Central Districts in New Zealand domestic cricket.